Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Man Found Guilty for Meth Mania Debt Collecting Slaying
He thought his wife owed him favors, so he stabbed her 21 times.
San Diego Superior Court
April 3, 2008
On May 1, 55-year-old Marion Chillis will be sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 brutal killing of his wife, 47-year-old Peggy Chillis.
The jury only had to deliberate two hours before finding Chills guilty on April 3, 2008. Chillis represented himself “in pro per” at the trial. His defense strategy was that he was on a crazed meth amphetamine binge and so was not in control of all his faculties.
The jury did not buy it. He stabbed his wife 21 times in cold blood, in broad daylight, in front of many eye witnesses.
The District Attorney’s Office told the jury he was a calculating homicidal maniac and deserved life, because of special circumstances, alleging that Chillis planned the murder.
Here is what happened on September 30, 2006 – Chillis saw his estranged wife leave a Kentucky Fried Chicken on Campo Road where she was employed at the time. He followed her. She tried to run. He grabbed a knife from his car and chased her.
Chillis caught up with his wife, asking her to come home with him and “talk” – or so Chillis claimed. Witnesses tried to intervene, as he was holding a knife which he then used.
Chillis testified in court that suddenly he “started lashing out at her."
His wife died on the scene while the witnesses held him for the sheriff’s deputies.
Chillis told the jury his wife was a meth addict, as was he. He said while they were estranged, he would provide her the drug in exchange for oral sex. He believed she was doing the same for other men because prior in their marriage, she did not care for performing oral sex and, according to Chills, she did not seem to mind now, in order to get the drugs.
He was angry because he believed she was prostituting herself for meth.
Chillis claimed that she owed him oral sex “five more times” for each year they were married, and had sought her out to collect the debt, using the knife to “persuade” her. Chillis admitted this was a strange way of thinking and blamed his own week-long meth binge for his skewed view on reality.
The jury did not agree with the excuse for homicide.